The suspension of operations against militants in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan is not a concession to extremists but an effort to create an environment free of terror and violence during the holy month, officials said today, while asserting there will be no lowering of guard.
The central government has been trying to create an environment free of terror and violence to enable Muslims to observe Ramzan in a peaceful manner and in a conducive environment so that terrorists do not exploit their religious sentiments, a home ministry official said, explaining the reason behind the government decision.
Motivated by this consideration, the government has issued instructions to the security forces and Army not to undertake offensive operations during Ramzan in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said.
However, if it is essential for protecting the life of the common people, the security forces will be compelled to take appropriate action. It is expected that all Muslim brothers and sisters who follow the true tenets of Islam will cooperate in ensuring the success of this initiative, the official said.
Earlier today, the Home Ministry in a major announcement said security forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan, a move seen as a bid to bring peace in the restive valley.
"This is not a concession to militants. This is aimed at people not to have any difficulty during the holy month of Ramzan. All right-thinking people want peace, youngsters want education, good life. Hope militants will not make it difficult for people. There will be no lowering of guard during this period," the official said.
The fasting month of Ramzan is likely to start tomorrow or Friday depending on sighting of the moon. The month ends with celebration of Eid.
Another official said it is a matter of regret that over the last few years, terrorists have indulged in large scale bloodshed not only in India but also in other parts of the world during the holy month.
This has caused immense sufferings to peace-loving Muslims adhering to the true tenets of Islam. People belonging to other communities have also suffered, the official said.
"Ramzan is in true sense, the month of worship, purity and peace. It should be our collective endeavour to isolate those who bring a bad name to Islam by their senseless acts of terror and violence.
"The government of India wants that during the ensuing month of Ramzan, no section of society and in particular, the peace-loving Muslim community should face any difficulty. It is important that all peace-loving people come together to isolate the terrorists and motivate those who have been misguided to return to the path of peace," the official said.
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